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Should I register my domain names with the .x x x tld?

   
9:45 pm on May 9, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm a webmaster for a nonprofit organization and we have a few websites I'm in charge of. Our lawyer has suggested that we consider registering/protecting/blocking registration of our domain names in the new .x x x domain. I guess just so we aren't embarrassed by somebody else registering them later and doing something weird with them.

My tendency is to not be concerned about it. Why waste money on something like that? Where does it end? Isn't it conceivable that more and more TLDs will be created? Isn't it conceivable that someday anybody will be able to create their own TLD? mysite.whatever

I don't see why somebody else would register our domain names.x x x except to try and resell them to us at a higher cost. But should I care? I don't really want those domains anyway.

Please help me understand if I might be missing something here!

(edited because if you type 3 x's in a row it changes it!)
5:27 am on May 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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depends on your brand, name and niche.

I personally wouldn't protect any of my .com's cause the triple X version wouldn't be related nor would it make sense.
1:11 pm on May 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Interesting, if there is an adult business that has a name close enough to yours to justify registering the same name what happens if you regsiter the tripple x? Does it imply that you are cybersquatting as you don't have a business in that sector> Could the other company go for your .com as well as the tripple x because you are cybersquatting?
3:40 pm on May 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I don't think any adult business would have our name. It wouldn't make sense to be mydomain.x x x - it would seem weird if it actually went to our site. I would almost rather it be nothing or an error. So I think I will just not worry about it.
6:51 pm on May 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Save your money. If some fool is looking to ride your coattails, by regging a x x x domain, they're the bigger fool than the fool that regs the x x x domain to avoid that outcome. . . (No . . wait . . I think I have the size of the fools backwards . . :P jk)

All kidding aside, if your NPO's traffic in any way "leaks" to the x x x domain there is something seriously wrong with something somewhere that cannot be fixed by registering a x x x domain. It's a valid question to address - the idea of defensive domain registrations - AND IF it was a .com, .net, or .ccTLD issue (version of your .Org) I'd likely say "do it", but I suspect the only folks pushing/promoting "defensive x x x registrations" will be the x x x registry reps.

If this turns out badly for your NPO client (failing to make a defensive reg) you will always have the fall-back defense of blaming us - the domain name experts :P - for given you the bum advice . . . or, you could also blame your SEO firm . . :P
8:54 am on May 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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FYI, just read today:

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5:44 pm on May 19, 2011 (gmt 0)



Wild guess is that the triple x version will not show up in Search Results unless some extra button has been clicked. People are not going to type it in by accident either. The whole thing is just a con to put regular businesses in fear of their good name and to have to stump up $650 just to protect it.

No p*rn site owner with any sense will be investing in triple x sites as .com versions will probably rank better and reach more people. triple x's are easily blocked! ;)